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Top 15 hottest moms on television

by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 18th 2007 11:05AM
Teri HatcherWelcome to TV Squad Lists (formerly 'The Five'), a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.

Being newly single, I've been spending a lot of time these days thinking about the perfect woman. More often than not, my thoughts end up drifting into the realm of television and all of the perfect women there. So I decided to compile a list of the ten hottest moms on television. Unfortunately, there were way too many to fit on a top ten list, so I expanded the list to fifteen. This was a tough list to compile and I'm sure many of your favorites are absent, but I doubt that anyone can refute the fifteen below.

Susan Mayer - Desperate Housewives (Teri Hatcher) Hatcher has always been smoking hot but it wasn't until Desperate Housewives that she became a TV mom. The best part of her character is how Susan is continually clumsy, awkward and unsure of herself and still manages to be hot.

Lauren GrahamLorelai Gilmore - Gilmore Girls (Lauren Graham) Clearly, Lorelai has a leg up on other TV moms, since she had Rory when she was sixteen, but her sense of style and amazing sense of humor has kept her hot for seven seasons now.

Sela WardLily Manning - Once & Again (Sela Ward) As a father, I see moms like Lily all the time. Whether they're handing out juice boxes at a birthday party or splashing around with their kids at the pool, they exude an attitude of worldliness and confidence without being egotistical.

Mary Tyler Moore & Richard DeaconLaura Petrie - The Dick Van Dyke Show (Mary Tyler Moore) Granted, The Dick Van Dyke Show wasn't about the Petrie family as much as it was about The Alan Brady Show, but one look at Laura dancing around in Capri pants is enough to get her on this list.

Shirley JonesShirley Partridge - The Partridge Family (Shirley Jones) There is a particular episode where Shirley and Laurie are trying on hot pants to consider them as new outfits for the band. It must be seen to be believed.


Mary Louise ParkerNancy Botkin - Weeds (Mary Louise Parker) The only widow on this list and the best reason to watch Weeds. Ever since she pointed out how great her breasts looked on The Golden Globes, I have been unable to think of anything else when she is on the screen.

Jamie PresleyJoy Darville - My Name is Earl (Jamie Presley) I generally am not a fan of the trashy woman and clearly Joy is not pleasant to be around, but her hotness can hardly be called into question. Even when she was an animated clay figure, I was embarrassed by my own thoughts.

Donna ReedDonna Stone - The Donna Reed Show (Donna Reed) I know she's close to impossible to find but there is something undeniably sexy about a housewife who dresses like a fashion model, cooks gourmet dinners and still looks hot at the end of the day.

Callie ThorneJanet Gavin & Sheila Keefe - Rescue Me (Andrea Roth & Callie Thorne) Individually, these two moms are more trouble than they are worth, but, as Tommy Gavin will attest, together they are worth every moment of drama. How many other guys out there were jealous of Tommy when Sheila dosed him?

Charisma CarpenterCordelia Chase - Angel (Charisma Carpenter) Now, even though Cordy's pregnancy wasn't a traditional one, she is still a mom and is definitely hot. It's hard to believe that the shallow bitch on Buffy eventually became the sensitive, stunning mother figure on Angel. If her character on Veronica Mars had a kid, she'd be on this list twice.

Ali LarterNiki Sanders/Jessica Sanders - Heroes (Ali Larter) Which one is the better mom is certainly debatable, but they're both hot. Obviously, she's a looker but the hottest thing about Niki/Jessica is that at any given moment she can become the ultimate bad girl. Talk about a wild ride.

Elena DelgadoElena Delgado - Without A Trace (Roselyn Sanchez) I know we rarely get to see Elena exercising her motherly duties but what she lacks as a mom, she more than makes up for in hotness. When she and Poppy Montgomery team up to investigate something, I always hope they track the bad guy to a lingerie shop.

Julia Louis-DreyfusChristine Campbell - The New Adventures of Old Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) Let's be honest, she's basically Elaine with a kid. I grilled my friend Andy Richter about being in bed with her in the first couple episodes and I still have the email to read on those lonely nights.

Marilu HennerElaine Nardo - Taxi (Marilu Henner) Elaine was so hot, I often forgot she had kids. She never really cared much about finding a husband, which is rare in a single mom. She was also so secure enough in her hotness that she could pick up hot guys like Tom Selleck while driving her cab.

Portia di RossiLindsay Bluth Funke - Arrested Development (Portia di Rossi) Personal problems aside, Lindsay was smokin'. She never let her motherhood get in the way of her hotness. Whether she was slutting it up for prisoners or trying to seduce Bob Loblaw she was living proof that funny is sexy.

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drc

Seven of Nine from Voyager...she was hot and a Mom to those geeky borg drones that they stored in the cargo bay.

April 20 2007 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brad

I think you have to exclude anybody who is not actually a mom in real life. If you're not going to do that you have to include Lois Griffin.

April 19 2007 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony B

Additional candidates - from across the pond.

Emily Joyce / "Janet Dawkins Sunday" - My Hero (BBC-TV UK)
Laila Rouass / "Amber Gates" - Footballers Wives (UK)
Zoe Lucker / "Tanya Turner" - Footballers Wives (UK)
Christina Cole / "Cassie Hughes" - HEX (UK)

April 19 2007 at 8:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BillS

Mary Tyler Moore on Dick Van Dyke has always been a personal favorite, and I'm not even 30 yet, so it's not a nostalgia pick, she was just smoking hot back then.

I'm also a fan of Lauren Graham and Mary Louise Parker, so overall I'd say it's a really solid list. I'm with whoever said that Teri Hatcher is too skinny, though. Back in the Lois and Clark days though, she was quite easy on the eyes.

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April 19 2007 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarmad

Rachel from friends. Heck, Jennifer Aniston should be number 1 on this list.

April 19 2007 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

I'll second Galley's pick of Megyn Price on 'Grounded For Life' and one from my teen years - Patricia Crowley on 'Please Don't Eat The Daisies'

April 18 2007 at 5:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Viv

Any list without Rachel (friends) is not even worth looking at. I thought she would be top-3; but not even in the top 15???

April 18 2007 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Borat

There are too many hot women on TV. I saw a repeat of the Raymond episode where Patricia Heaton's character stuffs tissues inside her bra to make her breasts look bigger, and she is definitely a hottie.

Lorelai, Nancy Botwin, Katey Sagal, Julia Louis Dreyfuss...all hot mature women.

I have to disagree with you when it comes to Teri Hatcher though....she's way too skinny now, but she was so hot when she came on Seinfeld.

April 18 2007 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nelson

A very hot list, indeed!

I agree that Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights and both the O.C. moms should be on the list.

And nobody else said Kari Matchett (Dr. Mariel Underlay) from Invasion.

April 18 2007 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charles

I'm not going to nominate someone, merely point out that I think there is a level difference between characters who are shown as established moms from the get-go (Lorelai Gilmore) and ones who we see grow into moms (Cordelia Chase). Somehow, the latter seems like cheating to me.

April 18 2007 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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